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Cranberries: benefits, nutrition, and diet

Cranberries are a popular superfood and are eaten in many ways. Read this article to know the health benefits of cranberries and their various diets.

Cranberries: benefits, nutrition, and diet

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  28 Dec 2020 4:18 PM GMT

About cranberries:

Cranberries are highly nutritious and are native fruits to North America. It is considered a very well-known superfood. Most people prefer to consume it in the form of juice or other cranberry related products like its sauce, powder, its supplements, and also dried cranberries rather than having directly just because of their sore and distinct taste. It is highly nutritious and used to treat several long-term diseases. Continue reading this article to know about cranberries and their nutritional advantages.

What are its advantages?

Cranberries are filled with several vitamins and antioxidants. In ancient times, the Native Americans used it to heal several health diseases like kidney problems, stomach issues, scurvy, etc.

Now let's have a look at the nutritional advantages of cranberries.

Treat Urinary Tract Infections (UTI): Cranberries comprised of phytonutrients that help in the prevention of bacterial growth into the urinary walls that curb the formation of infections. Hence it is useful in treating UTI.

Prevents from cardiovascular diseases: It comprises polyphenols that are useful in treating various cardiovascular diseases. The supplements are helpful in bringing down body index mass (BMI) and amend the HDL level.

Fight cancer cells: Studies have found out that certain elements in it help in fighting cancer cells.

It helps in decelerating the cancerous cells

It helps in destroying the cancer cells.

It helps in healing inflammations.

Increase oral health: As per the Center for Oral Biology and Eastman Department of Dentistry at the University Of Rochester Medical Center in New York, the antioxidants in cranberries helps in killing the bacteria inside our mouth and fight gum diseases, thus improving oral conditions.

Below are the nutritional facts of cranberries:

Cranberries are comprised of ninety percent of water and the other half is fiber and carbs.

A hundred grams of it contains:

Calories: 46

Water: 87%

Protein: 0.4 grams

Carbs: 12.2 grams

Sugar: 4 grams

Fiber: 4.6 grams

Fat: 0.1 grams

They are constituted of fiber and carbs. It has insoluble fiber namely hemicelluloses, pectin, and cellulose.

Vitamin and minerals into it:

Vitamin C.

Manganese.

Vitamin E.

Vitamin K1.

Copper

Other beneficial plant substance:

They comprise beneficial bioactive plant substances and antioxidants. They are very useful for your health. Some of them are:

• Quercetin

• Myricetin

• Peonidin

• Ursolic acid

• A-type proanthocyanidins

How can you have it? Here are some ways:

Prepare a mixed trail with nuts, dried cranberries, and seeds.

Add some to your smoothie.

Add some dried ones into your oatmeals or cereal.

Add some to your regular salad.

To add flavor mix some into your apple desserts or custards or even muffins.

Side effects of cranberry:

They are health beneficial fruit but it is better to have in limited quantity. Exessive consumption of it can cause various issues like stomach issues, Diarrhea, and accelerate the chance of kidney stones. If any individual is likely to have stones in the kidney or have a family history of it, then it is the better option to have it in a certain quantity as consuming it in excess quantity can worsen the matter.


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